About This State

“As Ohio goes, so goes the nation” they say. Maybe not the chilli on spaghetti thing but you’ve had a pretty good run with the whole “predicting who is going to be president” thing. So maybe go to the polls and inspire the nation to do it too. Bring that big Buckeye dude Brutus, with the scarlet and grey hat and uncomfortably large eyes. Here's what you need to know about voting this year in Ohio.

Register To Vote


If you have any problem voting, or witness any voter suppression or intimidation, call: 1-844-644-8683.

No witness signature will be required to vote by mail and voters will have accessible options to return their ballots to secure drop-off locations.

Ohio Election Updates

Road to Win

Electoral College Votes


Delegates for the DNC


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Key Dates

Oct 6 – Nov 2

Early Voting Dates

Oct 31

Vote by Mail Ballot Request Deadline

Nov 3

Election Day

What to know before you vote

  • How do I make sure I’m registered?

    Registered before? Double-check your registration to make sure it's still valid.

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  • Can I register the same day I want to vote?


  • Can I still vote by mail?

    We’re past the recommended deadline from USPS for voters to send back their ballots to ensure they are delivered by Election Day. If you still have your mail ballot, drop it off in person. Find out where you can drop it off below.

    You can deliver it in person to your county board of elections, but the return envelope containing your marked ballot must be received by your county board of elections prior to the close of the polls on Election Day. You can also drop off your ballot to a secure drop box location. There is one in each county.

    Find your county board of elections.
  • How do I return my ballot and how do I make sure it’s counted?

    When filling out your ballot, double-check the instructions to make sure you fill out the ballot correctly. Check if your ballot requires using a pen with black or blue ink, a signature on the envelope, any witness requirements, and postage if necessary.

    We’re past the recommended deadline from USPS for voters to send back their ballots to ensure they are delivered by Election Day. If you still have your mail ballot, drop it off in person. Find out where you can drop it off below.

    Find your county board of elections.
  • Does my state require my ballot to be postmarked or delivered by Election Day?

    You ballot must be postmarked no later than the day before Election Day and received by no later than 10 days after the election.

  • Can I track my ballot?

  • What if I requested a vote by mail ballot but I decide I want to vote in person instead?

    During early voting, you can vote a regular ballot in person. Officials request you bring your absentee ballot to have it voided, but if you don't, you will still be allowed to vote. If you wait until Election Day, however, you should expect to cast a provisional ballot.

  • What if I haven't received my ballot?

    If you’ve requested your ballot but you still haven’t received it, you should call your county board of elections. Alternatively, you can track the status of your ballot request as well as your voted absentee ballot through the online Voter Toolkit. Do not mail a ballot and also vote in person.

    If you receive your ballot before Election Day, you can return it in-person to your county elections office or a secure drop box. If you still don’t receive it before Election Day, you can cast a provisional ballot at your polling place.

  • Can I vote early in person?

    If you decide to vote in person, early voting is the safest option--lines will be shorter and allow for easier social distancing. The early voting period begins October 6 and includes the two Saturdays, two Sundays and the Monday before Election Day.

  • What if I’m voting in-person on Election Day?

    If you are voting on Election Day, wear a mask and keep an appropriate social distance from fellow voters. If you are in line before polls close, do not leave. You legally must be permitted to vote. If you witness any incidents of voter suppression, contact 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

  • Do I need an ID to vote?

    Yes, an Ohio driver's license, a military ID, an unexpired federal or an Ohio photo ID with name and current address, utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document. Get all the details here from VoteRiders.

  • How do I find out where to go to vote?

    Right here!

    Make a Plan

Make a Plan

Whether you’re voting by mail or in person, what’s important is making a plan to do it as early as possible.


States are finalizing who and what are on your ballot this year. You can use this tool to check and see if your ballot is available. Your full ballot will be available by October 8.

Races To Watch

  • House


  • If you run into any issues while voting, call 1-833-DEM-VOTE (1-833-336-8683), a voter hotline is monitored 24/7/365 with voting experts who are ready to field questions pertaining to felon disenfranchisement, voter purging, poll worker misconduct, voter machines, accessibility, and more.

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  • Need to show Voter ID? Not sure what kind? Get the specifics in your state here.

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